PREP FOOTBALL: West Point drops region tilt at Boaz 49-7

West Point Quarterback Eli Folds (1). (Gary McGriff/The Cullman Tribune)

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — With their football field getting their new turf put in, the Boaz Pirates hosted the West Point Warriors at Jacksonville State University Friday night. West Point entered the contest 3-0 while the Pirates were 2-1 but Boaz scored early and often to hand the Warriors their first loss of the season 49-7.

Boaz took the opening kickoff and overcame a holding call to score their first touchdown. Quarterback Carter Lambert completed a touchdown pass to TJ Wills for 51 yards. The PAT was good by Jose Arreguin and the Pirates led 7-0 with 10:02 left in the first quarter.

The Warriors started their drive on their own 33-yard line. On the first play, Kelton Washington ran for 24 yards and West Point was threatening inside the 30-yard line of Boaz. Facing a fourth-and-7 from the 29-yard line Eli Folds only gained one yard and the Pirates took over.

Boaz took their next position 71 yards on 10 plays to score their second score of the game highlighted by a 35-yard run by Elijah Jacobs. A 1-yard scoring run by Jacobs extended the Boaz lead 14-0 with 4:21 left in the first quarter.

West Point didn’t convert another fourth down play and the Pirates took over at the 45 yard line of West Point. On the sixth play of the ensuing drive, Tyler Pierce completed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jaquan Kelly and Boaz ended the first quarter leading 21-0.

Both teams were forced to punt on their next possessions. Folds completed a 28-yard pass Skylar Philyaw. Two plays later, Korbyn Pitts intercepted a pass from Folds and returned the ball to the Boaz 41.

Eight plays later, the Pirates scored again on a 13-yard run by Jacobs. With 3:46 left in the second quarter the lead for the Pirates was 28-0.

After a West Point punt, Boaz ran a nine play 52-yard touchdown drive on another touchdown run by Pierce and the first half ended with the score 35-0 Boaz leading.

The Warriors were forced to punt, and the Pirates had the ball on their own 45. Six plays later, Pierce scored again, and Boaz led 42-0 with 8:34 left in the third quarter.

West Point was unable to convert a fourth down and the Pirates had the ball deep in West Point’s end of the field. Tyler Osborn scored on a 1-yard run and Boaz completed their scoring at 49-0 with 5:14 left in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter West Point completed a five-play 30-yard scoring drive on five runs by Kelton Washington. The PAT by Omar Segundo made the final score 49-7 as West Point fell to 3-1.

Washington finished the game with 158 yards on 30 carries. After the game, Warriors Head Coach Don Farley said, “Boaz beat us in every phase of the game. We’ve got to get better.”

The Warriors travel across the county to take on county rival Fairview next week.

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